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Ende Gelände goes Lützerath
The diggers are right in front of Lützerath. This winter RWE and the state government want to raze Lützerath to the ground. Lützerath is one of the six threatened villages in the Rhenish coalfield. Like the Gallic village, it lies protectively in front of the other villages. The destruction of Lützerath is intended to create facts before the expropriation proceedings of the last farmer in the village have been completed. It is quite clear that if we want to limit the climate crisis, this must be the end of the road. In Lützerath, the 1.5 degree limit is being defended. Together with the people who are already filling Lützerath with life through tree occupations, culture and resistance, we will also raise our voices after the election. The next government with it´s coal exit „ideally till 2030“ will not get past our X.
Thanks to public pressure RWE pledged to wait with the destruction of Eckardt Heukamp`s property until the higher administrative court in Münster has decided on his urgent appeal against the expropriation of his ground. This could happen at any time, but is expected to happen not later than the 7th January. Furthermore this accounts only for a part of the remaining areas in Lützerath. Thus Lützerath is still in urgent danger to be destroyed.
Who are we
We are an association of disobedient climate justice groups from NRW, who on the one hand carry the fight against RWE from the villages into the cities and on the other hand we stand on the side of the people when RWE wants to continue with the destruction. We consider ourselves as part of the resistance in Lützerath und stand together with various other groups against the destruction of RWE, their capitalist logic and the thereby accelerated climate crisis.
- From 1.11. Make Lützerath Unclearable!
- At the latest from 7.1.: Defend Lützerath!
- 8.1.2022: large demonstration in Lützerath
What you can do
On the ground:
In autumn, the situation will come to a head. The eviction of the last inhabitants and the demolition of the remaining houses is imminent. From October, the last trees will be uprooted, and from November, the destruction of the whole village will be possible. We will prevent this through numerous and diverse actions and there is a lot to do for this! Because we are also preparing for autumn now. We are part of the resistance in Lützerath and organise a variety of activities to expand and strengthen existing structures. And this is where you can get involved: There are construction weekends every weekend that you can come to. Helping hands are needed everywhere, whether it’s building tree houses or huts, doing the dishes or cooking, painting and crafting transponders or building action material. There is a FLINTA* construction trailer that welcomes helping hands, as well as a vegetable garden. There are as many ways to join and support as there are different people. So be a part of ZAD Rheinland and come along, whether for 1 day, 1 week, 1 month or until we have saved Lützerath and stopped the Garzweiler II open-cast mine. In autumn we will need every single one of you to resist on the ground, to stop RWE and to teach the government a lesson.
At your place:
Even if you can’t or only partly come to Lützerath to be directly on the spot, there are a lot of possibilities to carry the fight for Lützerath into your town or village! Order mobilisation material and distribute it, go placarding, paint banners and hang them up, organise an event and give our mobilisation lecture or keep the police busy. There are various possibilities and as always: together we are stronger, so if it hasn’t happened yet, look for climate justice groups in your area, get organised and plan a joint journey to Lützerath, for example!
How do I get to Lützerath?
If you want to travel by train, you can get off at the stations Erkelenz and Herrath (from Aachen and the Ruhr area) or Hochneukirch (from Cologne). From there you can cycle the last 10 km or so to Lützerath. Bicycles are also perfect for exploring the area! From Erkelenz you can also take a bus to the neighbouring village of Holzweiler. If you want to be shuttled from the train station, that is also possible on request. There is also a carpool exchange on Telegram.
Where can I stay overnight?
We have enough sleeping facilities for everyone! There is a large tent meadow where you can pitch your tent. Tree houses and huts are built where you can sleep. We have space for campers, caravans and buses. Come along and we’ll find somewhere for you to slumber in comfort.
What do I need to bring?
Sturdy shoes, tent stuff and sleeping clothes are never amiss. The site is always happy to receive food (especially bread and spreads). If you want to climb, bring climbing equipment. Mosquito spray, tick tongs and sunscreen are also recommended.
How do I know when there are actions - when does it make sense to be on site?
In general, from 1 October the trees may be felled and from 1 November the houses may be demolished and the village cleared and sealed off. We cannot say anything more precise at this point. If it is only possible for you to come in a short time window, then come to the
All Trees Remain – Skillshare Week
at the beginning of October or to the
at the beginning of November. But also every other time you want to come is good to make Lützerath unclearable together!
You can find current information about the situation on site on social media. The dates of the construction weekends can be found here.
We have agreed on a framework for action, which should help you to assess what we are doing and what you can expect when you take part in the actions of Ende Gelände goes Lützerath.
At this point, it is also important to point out that Ende Gelände goes Lützerath is only one of many different local actors and that the framework of action does not apply to all these different actors.
Donations in kind & money
You can donate in different ways. On the one hand, there is a
. There are lots of useful things that are needed on site that you probably still have lying around somewhere!
In addition, both Lützerath and Ende-Gelände have donation accounts. If you can, please donate so that there is money for the many necessary things that have to be bought and cannot be obtained in other ways.
Food and donations on site
You don’t have to have money or even pay to be in Lützerath! Of course, it is practical if local people can also throw a little money into the donation box to cover the running costs. We try to make it possible for people to live together in a way that is as needs-oriented and free from the logic of exchange as possible. From October at the latest, a larger Küfa (kitchen for all) will be regularly on site. If you come to Lützerath and bring some bread and spread with you, that’s great too!
What other actors are there on the ground?
Of course, we are not alone on the ground. Apart from us, there are Alle Dörfer bleiben (all villages stay), Lützerath lebt! (Lützerath is alive!), Unser aller Wald (Our forest), the Mahnwache Lützerath (vigil) and Kirchen im Dorf lassen (leave the churches in the village). In August, the Culture without Coal festival also takes place.